Brook (St. Mary)

BROOK (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of East Ashford, partly in the hundred of Wye, but chiefly in that of Chart and Longbridge, lathe of Shepway, E. division of Kent, 4½ miles (E. by N.) from Ashford; containing 158 inhabitants. It comprises by admeasurement 582 acres: about half is arable, and the remainder pasture, with 55 acres of wood, part of which consists of oak; the soil is wet and heavy. The South-Eastern railway runs within 2½ miles. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the king's books at £7. 7. 3., and in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter of Canterbury: the tithes have been commuted for £145, and the glebe comprises 10 acres. The church is in the Grecian style of architecture.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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